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Friday, December 15, 2017

Secret Sisters

We had a wonderful time at the church tonight as we revealed who our Secret Sisters were during 2017.  Fun, Food and Fellowship!  It's wonderful being a part of the Family of God!  But even with enjoying the evening together, we were very aware that it is different this year and it always will be.  Thank You, Father, for the Family you have given to us for support and encouragement during the hard times.  Thank You for upholding us with Your strong arm of love.  Thank You for showing us Your mercy, love and grace every day!

Food is always better when shared with your Sisters!

There were 14 of us gathered.

Precious ladies!  Of the 14 in attendance, 6 of us are widows.

After we ate, we revealed our secret sisters and then played "dirty Santa" with our white elephant gifts we brought.  A fun time was had by all!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"What Are You Doin'?"

We were up bright and early today because Ilene had an appointment with the Rehabilitation Center for an evaluation to see if she would require physical therapy after her stroke.  She passed everything with flying colors, except for balancing on one foot and crossing one foot in front of the other and standing still.  The physical therapist couldn't believe she was even there.  She gave her some exercises to help strengthen her hips to help with the balancing, but other than that she does not require physical therapy.  Praise the Lord!

After the rehabilitation appointment, we swung by the church to do the weekly cleaning.  Then we went to JC Penney and Bath & Body Works to do some looking around.  I've been looking for a half slip that is 36" long.  The one I have that I got from Walmart years ago is too big since I've lost 55 lbs.  But I have not been able to find another one.  The longest one I've been able to find is 24" long.  I guess I'm going to have to find one on line to order.

After shopping we went to Olive Garden for a soup and salad lunch.  YUMMY!

Next we went grocery shopping at Aldi and Food Lion.  Ilene will be making some more wine cakes and fudge while I am gone to Elisabeth's for Christmas.

This afternoon was so pretty and warm (as long as you were in the sun) that we worked on some bird feed items in our shirt sleeves.  We also took the canning jars I brought from the parsonage and put them in Ilene's shed.

We were going to eat light for supper, but when we began to get hungry we decided to go to Ruby Tuesday's for their Hickory bourbon pork chop, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans.  We ate half and brought the other half home.  I had a coupon for buy one get one half off.  I don't mind spending $25 for 4 meals!  :D

After we got back home I started making my cheese ball for the Ladies' meeting tomorrow night, and addressing some Christmas cards.  Then Lori arrived from Hubert, NC to be able to join us for our Ladies' meeting because we are going to reveal our Secret Sisters.

What Are You Doin'?
When we finished getting groceries at Aldi, I got in the car and started it while Ilene took the grocery cart back to the corral.  While I was waiting, I checked my phone and then was interrupted by a commotion happening in the car next to me.  I looked up and Ilene was shutting the passenger door of that same car.  She had mistaken that car for my car and opened the door to get in when the lady in the car said, "What are you doin?"  Immediately Ilene realized the error and said, "I'm sorry!  I got in the wrong car!"  The lady in the car was laughing so hard and  I was laughing so hard and  Ilene was laughing so hard at the incident!  I've never seen Ilene move so quickly as she moved to get away from that car and into her seat in my car!  We were laughing so hard it brought tears to our eyes!  The look on her face was priceless!  What a surprise!

The sunrise was beautiful.  You can see the color beginning to climb over the trees as we were leaving the house.

My riding partner.

Lunch at Olive Garden

Dinner at Ruby Tuesday's

And that is it for our Thursday!  Hope you have a wonderful Friday!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Doctor's Visit

There was no change in the Xrays taken today from the ones taken in October.  The Xrays have been sent off to Baptist Hospital for review and she said I would probably hear something on Friday.  If not, I will call next Monday.

Ilene and I cooked again all day today!  We are tired!  Our backs and feet, especially!  We made fudge today!

Ilene is cooking the fudge.


Then the cooked fudge was added to the marshmallow creme



Then those were stirred together until the marshmallow creme was melted.  Then it is poured into a greased 9x13 pan, which I forgot to get a picture of.  Then she sits it in the fridge until hard enough to slice.

We kept the dishes done up while we baked.


Two perfect wine cakes!
We got 6 good wine cakes baked today and 3 batches of fudge.  2 wine cakes were "bad," meaning we messed up on the ingredients some way or another.  Too much oil, not enough of this or that.  If the cake "falls" after taken out of the oven, Ilene says it is a "sad" cake.  We took one to her daughter's house and we kept one here.  It tasted fine, but definitely isn't as light and fluffy as the "good" wine cakes!

Tomorrow Ilene has a doctor's appointment with the neurologist.  It is a follow-up appointment from her stroke.  Then we will be doing some grocery shopping and other shopping.  We will also stop and clean the church.

Have a blessed Thursday!  Stay warm!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Come, Let Us Adore Him!

Adoration!  Worship!  COME!  He alone is worthy!
I was blessed through the Christmas program at Rockwell Christian School last night as they presented, "The Story."  The story of the birth of Jesus, our Savior!

The Story was reiterated today at the Widow's fellowship in Statesville at Damascus Baptist Church where Brother and Sister Dale and Juanita Wallace serve in the pastorate.  The Lord gave them a wonderful vision to minister to widows.  What a blessing they have been to me.  Thank You, LORD, for their ministry!

Juanita's sister, Linda, blessed us with bringing to our remembrance some of those very familiar facts around the birth of Jesus.  (Mt. 1:18-25; Lu. 1:26-2:19)  At one point, Linda reminded us that Mary became a widow, too.  I don't remember that there is anything in the scriptures to make us think her life stopped after Joseph was gone.  I know she must have grieved, but the emphasis was never on the widow, Mary.  Mary is the mother of Jesus, not the widow of Joseph.  Mary's life did not end when Joseph's life ended.  Mary remained a humble handmaid of the Lord for as long as she lived.  That reminded me, too, that I must carry on as a humble handmaid of the Lord, serving Him til the end of my days.  I pray, Lord, that my life brings honor to Your name!

Pictures from the program last night:

Waiting for the program to begin

Ryan was the opening narrator to welcome everyone to the program and join him on the journey!

The group of performers and singers.

After the widows' meeting, Ilene and I dropped the ladies off at home (in separate cars since I drove to the meeting from Elisabeth's).  Then Ilene and Carolyn did some grocery shopping before coming on home.  Then we decided we needed to make our weekly visit to Subway before retiring in front of the TV to watch Christmas shows.

Tomorrow I have a doctor's appointment.  I would covet your prayers.  Remember that Ilene and I came back from Florida a bit quicker than originally planned because my left leg swelled and I wanted to get it checked out.  At the doctor's appointment, if you recall, they did x-rays and decided it was arthritis.  Well, last week the doctor's office contacted me and said that after Baptist Hospital reviewed the x-rays, they think it might be more than arthritis.  I don't know why it took 2 months, but it is what it is and nothing happens by accident.  Anyway, I will be getting more x-rays tomorrow.  Praying Thy will be done, Lord Jesus!

When I get back to the house, Ilene and I will be doing more baking!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Life in the Fast Lane

What a whirl wind of activities is happening!

Last Week:
Thursday, I went to Salisbury to spend a couple of days with Elisabeth and family.  We ate, played games and Liz and I went shopping in the snow on Saturday.



Saturday, I came back to Winston where we had LOTS more snow than Salisbury had!


Sunday, was still cold and so the snow did not go away, but did begin to melt in the beautiful sunshine!  We did a "test" drive for Ilene this morning who has not driven since before her stroke.  She did just fine.
Beautiful sunshine!

Love the snow on the tree branches.

Driving to church Sunday morning.
Monday begins a week of extra busy-ness!  Ilene and I baked all day today.  Tonight is Mallard Ridge services for her and I am driving to Salisbury to see a Christmas program put on by the Christian School that Hannah, Ryan and Abby attend.  Ryan has a speaking part as narrator tonight, I believe.  I will have to post pictures later.
Beginning the preparations.

Six small loaf pans all ready for the batter to be added.

Mixing up the batter.

The oven is FULL!!

Success!  First of many batches done!

Cooking a glaze to pour over the loaves.

Spreading the glaze.

Well, we decided we liked the larger loaf pan size better, so the rest of the day we made that size.  And taste-tested the others!  :D

Today's late lunch.  Chicken salad on a bed of spinach with red pepper, onion, cheese, egg and bacon bits.  YUM!
We have more loaves to make, which will be made between all of the following activities this week:
Tuesday - Widows' meeting in Statesville
Wednesday - Doctor's appointment for me
Thursday - Doctor's appointment for Ilene
Friday - Ladies' meeting at church

In case I don't get a chance to do any more posting, have a great week!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Let It Snow, OH, NO!!

Today we had icey snow, wet snow, freezing rain, and slick roads!  NASTY all day long!  I went out but came back without finishing my plans because of the yuck.  I had to stop and put air in my tires because I got a warning light saying they were too low.  I couldn't get that message on a beautiful day, I guess, LOL!

And as crazy as it was, I let the kids talk me into taking them for ice cream at the corner and then to Five Below so Ryan could find some Christmas present ideas for me.  The only thing I gained from that trip was more calories than I needed!  The snow was pretty coming down, however!  But it was slick!  We had to be rerouted around Faith because of an accident in town.

I did get my camera hooked up correctly to the wifi, I guess, because when I got ready to send my phone pictures to my gmail, there were the ones I took with my camera, too!  I just can't get the ones from the camera that I took before I got the wifi set up.

Here's today's pictures:

Icey snow coming down as I headed out this morning

Snowy

Snow beginning to stick.

Sally would not go off the porch to use the potty because of the snow.  She wouldn't even go out on the deck.

She got excited when everyone got home from school

Playing games with these two

After tonight's trip, we played some more games

Abby's name was drawn this week as the winner for reading.  Hannah photo bombing my picture of Abby's stuffed animals.  The doggy is the one she won this week.  Ryan gave her the bear.

Ryan photo bombing this one

Heavy snow fall this afternoon


The only fall leaves left on the tree.

Tufted Titmouse

Dark-eyed junco

Dark-eyed junco

I was so happy to see the birds this afternoon!  I took my feeders to Ilene's on Thursday.  When I get a chance, I will get them set up under some of her trees so we can watch the birds feed this winter.

Liz and I plan to do some shopping tomorrow, weather permitting!  The play was cancelled at the kids' school and rescheduled for Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Nostalgia, Part 1

Nostalgia was in play at Ilene's today.  However, I packed up some stuff to bring to Elisabeth's today, including the camera, but I forgot the adapter that would allow me to transfer the pictures and videos to my computer.  I tried to set up the wifi setting on my phone, but couldn't get it done.  I'm missing something, so I'll have to wait til I get the instruction book.

We listened to some OLD songs on Ilene's stereo record player.  It was great!  She has some 78's, 33 1/3's and 45's.  Records!  OLD versions of CDs!  I will have to share the videos with you at another time.

We are going to make hers and Buford's annual wine cakes to share with our church family and family members.  And since next week's schedule is jam-packed with stuff to do, we decided it would be best to buy the groceries needed for the cakes today so that when I get back from Elisabeth's this weekend, on Monday we will be able to start right in on the cakes in the morning.

After we got back from the grocery store, we unloaded Ilene's car, put the groceries away and then I loaded my car with the items I was bringing to Elisabeth's for the next couple of days.  When I arrived, Brad was just getting home.  He took a shower and then we headed to Cracker Barrel for supper.




My not-so-healthy meal!  But, it was oh, so good!

After eating, we went to a couple of stores to get some gift cards for a couple of birthday parties Hannah and Ryan will be going to.  We also went through a Christmas light display at a house in Faith, NC.  Abby said, "They are beautiful!"  The pictures are not great since all I had was my phone.  I should ALWAYS take my camera with  me!  Here's a link to a few better pictures of Randall Barger's lights in Faith, NC.  Click HERE.













This is Elisabeth's tree.  It is a real tree and is absolutely beautiful.  I forget what kind of tree she said it was.  Douglas fir, maybe??  Anyway, I couldn't catch the blinking lights all on at the same time with my phone.


When we got home we played a couple of hands of Old Maid before the kids had to go to bed.
Sally eyeing Abby's donut, hoping for crumbs or a bite! 


Abby lost the second game.  Ryan lost the first game.
That's it for me!  Have a great Friday!